Vegetarian Chili

01.17.2018

Vegetarian Chili is so hearty and filling and it’s perfect for cold winter nights! It’s jam packed with nutritious veggies and a fair amount of protein from the two types of beans. It’s a soup the whole family will love, even the meat lovers!

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

I love that this is a soup I can feel great about feeding my family. I mean how else am I going to get my kids to eat 6 kinds of veggies in one sitting??

And it doesn’t taste much different then a meat heavy chili thanks to all those flavorful Mexican spices.

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If you want to make this vegan then opt for a vegan cheese and sour cream, or just omit them both altogether.

I highly recommend serving this soup with avocado even though it is listed as optional, avocados make everything better!

Really I don’t normally add avocado to chili but it works perfect here with all the veggies. And it adds a healthy fat to a lean soup.

Vegetarian Vegetable Chili shown here as a single serving garnished with avocado, cheese and sour cream with saltine crackers as a side

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Fresh veggies including bell peppers, yellow onion, carrots, garlic, zucchini
  • Frozen corn
  • Canned petite diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegetable broth
  • Spices including chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Canned dark red kidney beans and canned black beans
  • Desired toppings (i.e. cheese, avocado, red onion, sour cream, cilantro) (optional)

How to Make This Healthy Chili

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, and carrots and saute 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring mixture to a light boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in zucchini, simmer 10 minutes longer. Stir in corn, kidney beans and black beans and heat through, about 2 minutes longer.
  • Thin with more broth, up to 1 cup as desired. Serve warm with toppings of your choice.

Vegetarian Chili in a large pot

What to Serve with this Vegetable Chili

Serve this Vegetable Chili with tortilla chips or crackers if you love dunking and dipping in soup like I do.

Or you could also crumble them up and sprinkle over the top. They definitely aren’t a must though.

Add this delicious chili to the menu this week! You won’t regret it, and you’ll be so glad the next day if you’ve got some left over for lunch!

Vegetarian Chili with lots of vegetables

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Vegetarian Vegetable Chili

5 from 4 votes

This chili is jam packed with nutritious veggies and it's so good no one will even miss the meat! It's perfectly hearty and healthy and it's a dinner you can feel great about eating! I'd even say it's a recipe worthy of the recipe book.  

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetarian chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, cored and diced (3 cups. Preferably 1 red 1 green)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can vegetable broth, then more to thin if desired
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder (mild)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 small zucchini, ends trimmed, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Desired toppings (i.e. cheese, avocado, red onion, sour cream, cilantro) (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, and carrots and saute 3 minutes. 

  2. Add garlic and saute 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  3. Bring mixture to a light boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 10 minutes. 

  4. Stir in zucchini, simmer 10 minutes longer. Stir in corn, kidney beans and black beans and heat through, about 2 minutes longer. 

  5. Thin with more broth, up to 1 cup as desired. Serve warm with toppings of your choice.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Vegetable Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 939mg 39%
Potassium 1261mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 12g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 127%
Vitamin C 132%
Calcium 11.6%
Iron 29.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 comments

  • Tina: Eating this as I type. Very easy, but great flavor! Will definitely be adding this into the rotation. November 26, 2018 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Oana: This recipe sounds really good, always looking for healthy and nutritious recipes. I can’t wait to try it out. October 29, 2018 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Mike: The only thing I changed is I added pinto beans as well (I love beans). Seriously love this chili. Excellent! Love it! June 10, 2018 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Mike! June 11, 2018 at 6:13pm Reply

  • Maggie: Is it really spicy? How much… like on a scale of 1-10?
    I have younger kids that don’t really eat spicy. February 2, 2018 at 7:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: As long as you omit the cayenne pepper and use mild chili powder it should be fine (maybe a 2). Hope your family loves it! February 6, 2018 at 10:50am Reply

  • Rita: This vegetable chili is delicious and easy! Loved all the veggies! February 2, 2018 at 7:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rita! February 5, 2018 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Chantelle: Amazing! Thanks for sharing! January 18, 2018 at 10:41am Reply

  • JoanneWhiting: Vegetable chili is a spicy dish and I tried it in home. My hubby loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe out. January 18, 2018 at 1:53am Reply

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